Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari


I didn’t like this book as much a I wanted to.

Modern Romance tries to be both a humor book and a serious sociological investigation, and instead, it doesn’t fully become either. The jokes felt flat and forced into paragraphs that were otherwise legitimate sociological research. So in some ways you have a massive research study that is dumbed-down with lighthearted jokes, or you have a humor book filled with data, statistics and graphs. Neither is as successful as it could have been.

The most interesting part of the book to me was Ansari’s investigation into the dating cultures of other countries, especially Japan. The focus groups he conducted in Japan shed light on some fascinating reasons behind the country’s population decline, which seems to be growing into a national crisis. I wish he had devoted equal time to describing his investigations into the dating cultures of Buenos Aires, Doha and Paris.

Overall, you can get the gist of this book from watching Ansari’s stand-up routine at Madison Square Garden, which is on Netflix. While Ansari’s book is a fun and lighthearted read, I don’t think it will teach the reader anything they didn’t know and modern romance already.


One thought on “MODERN ROMANCE.

  1. […] This cover is so fun. I love that it combines this classy-looking old-school photography with some very modern emoji-looking heart doodles right over the eye. I might be reading too much into it, but its sort of metaphorical for the concept of the book itself: this timeless concept of love and dating (the classy suit and photography) that has been really deeply changed by modern technology (the phone in his hand and the eye doodles). Or I’m reading way to much into it — either way, great cover and book! My review is here. […]


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